2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball Lets Collectors Hang Out with Derek Jeter


2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball is all about Derek Jeter. That means several low-numbered autographs from the Hall of Famer in every box and an exclusive VIP event with Jeter as the special guest. All told, boxes have 14 autographs. That might sound like a lot — and in some ways it is — but the production run for the set is limited to just 40 boxes.

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball Overview

Transcendent is a place where premium is an expectation. With that in mind, virtually all of the autographs in the Captain’s Collection is numbered to 3 or less.

The Captain’s Career Autographs commemorate 40 of the biggest moments in Jeter’s career. All cards are framed. Combining to land six per box, base versions have three copies each. Parallels come in Pinstripe (/2) and Gold (1/1).

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain's Collection Baseball Captain's Career Autograph

Final Season Autograph Relics are five per box. Available with one, two, three and four swatches, these use a variety of pieces of game-used gear from 2014. No matter the amount of memorabilia, three copies of each base version exists. There are also Pinstripe (/2) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

For the main Final Season Autograph Relics, swatches are a mix of bats, cleats, gloves, wristbands and more. Dual autograph relics have pieces of bats and batting gloves. Triple and quad versions use a variety of pieces.

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain's Collection Baseball Final Season Autograph Triple Relic

Key hits are part of the 3,000 Hits Autographs checklist. Each box has one of these one-of-a-kind cards.

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain's Collection Baseball 3,000 Hits Autographs Derek Jeter

Another one-of-one in every box is a Derek Jeter Autograph Patch card. These have an on-card signature and a large swatch from a uniform worn by Jeter (as opposed to game-used).

The only autograph in Transcendent Captain’s Collection that has more than three copies is a 1993 Topps Derek Jeter RC Autograph Buyback. These take an original flagship Jeter Rookie Card and add both a signature and a special stamp noting it’s from this product. There’s one in each box making for 40 total copies.

The Captain’s Career has a version without autographs. This makes up the base set. All 40 are in every box. Cards, which have 40 copies each, come in frames.

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain's Collection Baseball Captain's Career Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter VIP Event

Every Topps Transcendent product includes a special party with big-name guests. Appropriately enough for a set that’s all about Derek Jeter, he’ll be in attendance at this one.

The date and location of the VIP event has not been announced.

2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 54
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 1
Set size: 40 cards
Release date: September, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autograph Patch Cards – 1
  • Final Season Autograph Relics – 5
  • Captain’s Career Autographs – 6
  • 3,000 Hits Autographs – 1
  • 1993 Topps Derek Jeter RC Buyback Autograph – 1
  • 40-Card Base Set
  • Derek Jeter VIP Event Invitation – 1

The full 2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set comes out.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Douglas Matthews Jr 26 June, 2020 at 21:41

    How do you get the 2020 Topps Transcendent Captain’s Collection Baseball set?

    • Ryan Cracknell 29 June, 2020 at 09:37

      @Douglas – Online dealers and breakers are primarily the spot for Transcendent products given their high price tag.

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